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Winter's Bone (2010)
Powerful and incredibly poignant
I rarely write reviews for movies.
It's been close to 30 years since I've lived in an environment that reminded me of this movie. There were no meth labs back then but it was a very small town of a few hundred people, an economically desperate life in the middle of nowhere with few other resources. I felt it, I remember it. I was just a teenager. And I was lucky to only have to live in that locale for a few short years of my youth. I felt like crying before this movie was even a quarter through - knowing how little chance there was for the heroine that Lawrence portrays to find a way out of the crisis she's thrust into.
This movie sucked me in. I was transported back to those few years in my young life when, given a few minor changes in details, Ree's desperate circumstances could easily have been the state of affairs for me. Small town cops trying to do their job regardless of the innocents they hurt in the process, with the usual instincts to CYA thrown in, all this within a backdrop of a small cartel of corrupt, insular and yet powerful 'longtime locals'.
I hope I haven't given too much away. This movie made me cry, for more reasons than the obvious themes of loss and love in seemingly impossible circumstances. That this kind of deprivation, corruption, isolation and anonymity doubtless continues to exist - in spades- in an era when us city-dwellers feel secure and safe in urban existences is undeniable.
Finally, it's one of the reasons I support and will always support the legalization of drugs from marijuana to cocaine, heroin, meth and beyond. The cost to our society in taking a puritanical, prohibitionist attitude toward drug use is morally indefensible, and needs to end.
The Cave (2005)
Those who have shredded this movie take themselves way too seriously
Apparently there are people out there who think that every creature feature has to be on par with Alien to be worth seeing. Not so. This was an entertaining flick. The setting/cinematography was very cool, the pace was appropriate and the monsters were quite good (as others have said: realistic non-CG for most part, well-puppeted when you get to see them up close). Yes, there is some weak acting and dialogue in parts although not nearly as bad as some here say (the travesty called Revenge of the Sith was about a million times worse on those counts, but I digress).
All in all, not a bad way to spend an evening. I have seen plenty of horrible, boring-as-hell, waste-of-time, laughable creature features, but this wasn't one of them. I was pleasantly surprised. Since it clunked at the box office I was wary, but remembering that Pitch Black (which I liked very much) didn't make megabucks either gave me a boost of courage to check this one out. Though this movie is not even close to such stellar classics like Alien or John Carpenter's "The Thing", it doesn't deserve the trashing it's gotten here. I will agree with other reviewers that the cinematography is definitely one of the highlights of this film. Don't expect any high-brow, intellectual stimulation -- grab a beer. Relax - it's just a creature feature summer flick. But definitely worth a look-see.